History Film / VanishingPoint

23rd May '18 9:06:56 PM Ezclee4050
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** The film doesn't make it clear when Kowalski crosses from Colorado to Utah (though you can see the Utah beehive symbol on the highway patrol patches), so it almost seems like he just suddenly jumps from Colorado to the Nevada border.

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** The original film doesn't make it clear when Kowalski crosses from Colorado to Utah (though you can see the Utah beehive symbol on the highway patrol patches), so it almost seems like he just suddenly jumps from Colorado to the Nevada border.
23rd May '18 7:03:15 PM marcoasalazarm
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* BMovie

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* BMovieBMovie: In both versions, the remake even being a MadeForTVMovie.



** Might also [[spoiler:count as a BolivianArmyEnding, since its unknown whether or not he escapes from his car before the crash, made it through the roadblock or simply dies in the explosion without a trace]].

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** Might also [[spoiler:count as a BolivianArmyEnding, since its it's unknown whether or not he escapes from his car before the crash, made it through the roadblock or simply dies in the explosion without a trace]].



* CarFu
* CoolCar: The Dodge Challenger. The final scene has it [[ObviousStuntDouble somehow turn into a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro.]] The Remake gives one of the cops a Dodge Charger to show him as TheRival.

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* CarFu
CarFu: Many cops try their damnedest to ram Kowalski off the road. They don't really succeed.
* CoolCar: The Dodge Challenger. The final scene has it [[ObviousStuntDouble somehow turn into a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro.]] The Remake gives one of the cops a Dodge Charger to show him as TheRival.TheRival (and ups the coolness of both cars by virtue of them being classics by the "current" time of the film).



* DrivesLikeCrazy

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* DrivesLikeCrazyDrivesLikeCrazy: Kowalski, in all versions. It's why he gets in trouble to begin with.



* FanService: Hello, naked woman on motorcycle!
* GreekChorus: Super Soul.

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* FanService: Hello, naked (or near-naked in the remake) woman on motorcycle!
* GreekChorus: Super Soul.Soul on the original and "The Voice" on the remake, both commenting on what is going on and trying to provide advice to Kowalski.



* LargeHamRadio: Super Soul practically defines this trope.

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* LargeHamRadio: Super Soul practically defines this trope. "The Voice" gets as hammy as you could expect of an "anti-government" guy in TheNineties.



* RoadTripPlot
* TheSeventies

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* RoadTripPlot
RoadTripPlot: The race to cross the country in the original, a race to try to get to a hospital in Utah in the remake.
* TheSeventiesTheSeventies: In the original.
23rd May '18 6:27:04 PM Ezclee4050
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* MagicalNegro: Super Soul

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* MagicalNegro: Super SoulSoul, with a side of BlindSeer.
23rd May '18 6:23:34 PM Ezclee4050
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* LargeHamRadio: Super Soul practically defines this trope.
23rd May '18 2:24:09 PM Ezclee4050
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* ArtisticLicenseGeography:
** The film doesn't make it clear when Kowalski crosses from Colorado to Utah (though you can see the Utah beehive symbol on the highway patrol patches), so it almost seems like he just suddenly jumps from Colorado to the Nevada border.
** A small-town AM station like KOW isn't going to have a clear signal across three states during daylight hours.
23rd May '18 2:09:33 PM Ezclee4050
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* TroubledBackstoryFlashbacks: Kowalski encounters people and situations that lead him to flash back to various points in his past, which helps the audience understand why he acts the way he does.

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* TroubledBackstoryFlashbacks: TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Kowalski encounters people and situations that lead him to flash back to various points in his past, which helps the audience understand why he acts the way he does.
23rd May '18 2:09:22 PM Ezclee4050
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* TroubledBackstoryFlashbacks: Kowalski encounters people and situations that lead him to flash back to various points in his past, which helps the audience understand why he acts the way he does.
24th Sep '17 2:12:20 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AntiVillain: Kowalski, Type II.

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* AntiVillain: In the original film Kowalski, Type II.



* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "The Voice" in the remake. Part of the misunderstanding that escalates Kowalski's manhunt is that his personal history (disenfranchised war vet) ''think'' Kowalski is one of these.

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* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "The Voice" in the remake. Part of the misunderstanding that escalates Kowalski's manhunt is that his personal history (disenfranchised war vet) makes them ''think'' Kowalski is one of these.
24th Sep '17 2:09:57 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AdaptationalVillainy: The cops, on the remake. A few of the cops that are after him escalate quickly from doing it because it's their job to a full-on vendetta, and the feds that are brought in quickly theorize that he's a RightWingMilitiaFanatic and refuse to hear a word saying otherwise.
24th Sep '17 2:06:05 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Kowalski on the remake has a more sympathetic reason to be racing with the Challenger throughout the country (aside from just wanting to do it on the original): His wife is about to deliver their baby and is in a ''very'' bad state, so he's racing to the hospital where she is, and a chain of misunderstandings means [[TheLopsidedArmOfTheLaw the cops are out for his blood.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Kowalski doesn't make it through the roadblock. He crashes and he dies. However, in doing so, he evades capture, and is put out of the internal torment he is in.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Kowalski doesn't make it through the roadblock. He crashes and he dies. However, in doing so, he evades capture, and is put out of the internal torment he is in.in, to not mention he becomes a folk hero.]]



* DeathByChildbirth: [[spoiler:Kowalki's wife on the Remake, shortly before he encounters the final roadblock (and as a matter of fact, him fearing that this is what will happen to her is the reason he's racing through the country). One of the theories The Voice tosses out at the epilogue why they NeverFoundTheBody was that Kowalski managed to get out of the car, disappear in the confusion, and is raising his child with an assumed identity.]]



* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Though it is left open as to whether or not Kowalski dies in the explosion.]]

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* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Though TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Though it is left open as to whether or not Kowalski actually dies in the explosion.]]



* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "The Voice" in the remake.

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* NeverFoundTheBody: In the remake, the police checks the crashed Challenger and this happens. The police (in an attempt to kill Kowalski's status as a folk hero) say [[NotEnoughToBury that the explosion probably immolated him completely]]. The Voice tosses the theory that Kowalski may have gotten out of the car before it crashed, and is now living elsewhere with a false identity with his kid. Nevertheless, the movie never truly says who's right.
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "The Voice" in the remake. Part of the misunderstanding that escalates Kowalski's manhunt is that his personal history (disenfranchised war vet) ''think'' Kowalski is one of these.
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